Home Care 101: Travertine Care Tips and Tricks
Travertine tile is made of limestone that was applied with heat and pressure, formed by the minerals that are dissolved in ground water and are deposited on the surface of the earth by geysers, rivers, and natural springs. You can transform your home by totally transforming your space into something timeless, elegant and luxurious through travertine installation. Travertine comes in different natural colors such as brown, beige, rust, green, red, gold and gray. As time goes by, your travertine starts to lose its luxurious luster and start to look dingy and dull leading to aging of your floor. Travertine is a natural soft stone so it is prone to scratches made by hard debris stuck on shoes, furniture and cleaning tools.
It is important to set up a regular cleaning schedule for your travertine especially if your travertine is not too bad yet. Travertine is a porous stone and that is the reason why travertine is prone to staining is the same exact reason why stains are easy to remove, so it is important to clean any spilled liquid or dirt on a travertine floor. You can try a great way of cleaning your travertine floor through ‘poulticing’, which is the removal of stains by drawing the stain from the travertine floor into another material which is usually a mixture of a reducing agent soaked into a paper towel or cloth. It is important to choose a cleaning product that is made for travertine otherwise, it will look worse than you originally started. It is best to avoid using vinegar, ammonia, and bleach because it will damage the stone. Any cleaning agent with acid will just stain and destroy the travertine tile. Whether it is textured, shiny or matte, it best to choose a cleaning agent that is suited, basing on the type of finish of your travertine floor.
Regularly mopping your travertine floor is essential to remove stubborn dirt, grime and stains by using a soft mop and plain warm water. In order to prevent too much water absorbed into the stone and causing more issues, ensure that the mop is not wet, only damp. For disinfecting the floor, use a tablespoon of colorless, mild and non-acidic dish soap in a bucket of water. If the above instructions will still leave your travertine floor dirty and with stains, then it’s time to call an expert for professional travertine tile cleaning. To help in ensuring cleaning, restoring and refinishing severely worn travertine, call a professional travertine cleaner to help you. Because of your luxurious and clean travertine floor, your Ekornes sofa will definitely stand out, surely making your home different from others.